Cloning Is Not Without Opposition

1278 WordsMay 11, 20156 Pages
Cloning is a vital technology that humanity should strive to perfect, despite the many obstacles it currently faces in development and application. Approximately 100 species become extinct a day. Among them are flora and fauna that could hold the cures for cancer, HIV, or any other disease. Cloning technology could preserve and restore these vitally important animals. As of now, the technology is far from usable. Most experiments have resulted in the death of the cloned embryo. However, a few have yielded incredible results. Sheep, mice, and dogs have been successfully cloned and are the first steps towards a huge advancement in biology. However, the advent of cloning is not without opposition. Many believe that the cloning of animals is unethical and of humans taboo. (Hartl) The protesting of stem cell research has already caused enough problems for researchers, and they expect many more when cloning becomes commonplace. Cloning exists in the natural environment, although it is more commonly referred to as self-pollination or asexual reproduction. Many plants and single-celled organisms reproduce partly or solely through these processes. (What) Most flowering plants can reproduce in two ways. In cross-pollination, pollen is produced in one plant and finds its way to an ovule in another plant’s flower. However, a plant can also fertilize its own ovule. This is known as self-pollination or autogamy. Self-pollination results in offspring that have the same genes as the parent,
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